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Quality Assurance

Introduction of Double Degree Programmes with Overseas Partner Institutions

Policy Guidelines

  1. During programme development, the Programme Planning Team (PPT) should adhere to the University’s Guidelines on Academic Partnership Formation and Renewal/Amendment of Agreement, which also stipulate the process for clearance of academic partnerships and agreements.
  2. Students will need to complete all requirements of both degrees offered by HKBU and the partner institution.  Each institution should recognise the units completed by students at the other institution as equivalent to the corresponding unit requirements of their own.  For Undergraduate (Ug) programmes, academic units should work out the major requirements by mapping their courses to the corresponding courses of the partner institution, while the General Education Office (GEO) is responsible for the General Education (GE) Programme and University Core components.
  3. The minimum number of units taken at the University should be:
Curriculum ComponentMinimum Number of Units
Whole Degree50% of 128 = 64*50% of 27 = 14*
Major Requirement50% of 60-67 = 30-34*N/A
General Education and University Core50% of 31 = 15N/A

* For programmes requiring different numbers of units, the minimum number of units completed at the University for each component should be 50% of the respective requirement, rounded up to the next integer.

Approving Procedures

To introduce a Double Degree Programme, the PPT is required to submit a proposal, duly-endorsed by the Faculty/School Board, to the Academic Development Committee (ADC) for planning approval.  Following that, and if the Double Degree programme adopts the curriculum structure of an existing HKBU programme, the PPT should submit a proposal, duly endorsed by the Faculty/School Board, to the Senate via the Quality Assurance Committee (QAC) for consideration and approval.  For completely new Double Degree programmes, the full approval procedures including programme accreditation should be followed.  For details, please refer to the approved procedures.



Last updated on 26 July 2023